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KYTC Regional Driver Licensing Office in Bowling Green moves to larger, permanent space

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Regional Driver Licensing Office in Bowling Green has moved into larger, permanent quarters that will accommodate customers while maintaining social distance and all necessary COVID-19 public health protocols. It is one of 12 permanent regional offices the cabinet currently has established in a network that eventually will number about two dozen offices...

Tough defense carries Bowling Green to 20-0 victory over defending Class 5A state champion CovCath

By Terry Boehmker 
KyForward sports reporter A disastrous offensive outing against Bowling Green on Friday night put an end to Covington Catholic’s bid for a fourth straight trip to the Class 5A state football final. The visiting Purples also denied CovCath a chance to repeat as Class 5A state champions. CovCath’s Ethan Reardon tries to catch a pass above Bowling Green safety Seth Rainville....

In south-central Ky., health workers and officials battle coronavirus fatigue, politicization of pandemic

Health officials are working “to convince a skeptical public in south-central Kentucky of the risk of catching the deadly virus racing through the region, taking lives and putting an ever-growing number of people in the hospital,” Deborah Yetter of the Louisville Courier Journal reports after a trip to Glasgow, Tompkinsville and Bowling Green. Courtney Calloway’s co-workers gave her...

UK students, Paintsville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce make mutually beneficial team

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky College can open doors to a wider world, to career opportunities or to beneficial experiences that are sometimes hard to quantify until later in life. University of Kentucky students Mia Thompson and Alexis “Lexi” Stewart are experiencing all three of those while they work with the Paintsville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce this semester. Their professor...

KYTC temporarily closes seven driver licensing offices around state due to COVID-19 cases

Three regional driver licensing offices and four smaller field offices operated by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) have been closed temporarily due to COVID-19 cases. Each office will be thoroughly sanitized in keeping with KYTC Heathy at Work guidelines, and all are expected to be reopened next week. The affected KYTC Regional Driver Licensing Offices are in Lexington, Jackson and Columbia....

Prayers answered for pastor’s wife; Bowling Green church embraces Congolese friendships

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today A few years ago, with her husband’s church struggling, a diligent pastor’s wife prayed a simple prayer. She asked God to bring the church 10 families. God answered her prayer, but it was far different than she expected. More than a dozen Congolese families joined Forest Park Baptist Church in Bowling Green and now make up the largest part of the congregation. Pastor...

KYTC reaches milestone of 50,000 REAL ID-compliant licenses; pace of applications increasing

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has reached the 50,000 mark in number of REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards issued. Applicants increasingly are choosing the more secure credential ahead of a federal deadline for having verified identification for access to certain installations and activities. REAL ID licenses and IDs are issued only at KYTC Regional Driver Licensing...

Beshear furthers commitment to supporting innovators, small businesses across Kentucky

Gov. Andy Beshear has taken another step in growing Kentucky’s startup ecosystem, announcing KY Innovation – the commonwealth’s office for entrepreneurial and small business support – and authorized an additional $2.6 million in funding to six public-private partnerships focusing on key regions throughout the state. Known as the Regional Innovation for Startups and Entrepreneurs (RISE) program,...

Bowling Green becomes Kentucky’s new hotspot in coronavirus fight as state surpasses 7,000 cases

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The number of positive cases of the coronavirus in Kentucky has now topped 7,000, Gov. Andy Beshear said Wednesday during his daily press briefing at the state Capitol. A total of 227 new cases were reported to state public health officials, making the total at least 7,080. The Bowling Green area has become the new hot spot in Kentucky as Warren County had 72 of Wednesday’s...

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, of Bowling Green, tests positive for COVID-19, third Congressman with positive test

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, announced on Sunday that he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). He is the first U.S. senator and third member of Congress known to have contracted the virus. Sen. Paul’s office released the following statement regarding his test result: Sen. Paul “Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling...

REAL ID licenses available at new Madisonville issuance location; deadline for Ky. to comply is Oct. 1

Western Kentucky residents now have one more option to maintain U.S. air travel and military base entry thanks to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) expansion of REAL ID-compliant card access at a new Madisonville issuance location. The Hopkins County REAL ID Regional Driver’s Licensing office in Madisonville launched Monday serving all Kentuckians regardless of where they live. Any U.S....

Mid-South Stocker Conference on Feb. 26 gives cattle producers tools to succeed in a new decade

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Cattle and grass just go together. With plentiful, lush pastures, Kentucky is a prime place for grazing stocker cattle. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment supports cattle producers in many ways, including focused conferences that address their challenges in practical ways. The Mid-South Stocker Conference is an annual offering,...

WKU groundbreaking for Mary McChesney Kindell Pavilion honors dedicated ‘family of Hilltoppers’

A groundbreaking for the Mary McChesney Kindell Pavilion at Western Kentucky University’s McChesney Field Campus was held on Oct. 24. The 140-acre site along the Green River in northern Warren County was gifted to WKU in 2009 from the children of longtime educator Hardin Field McChesney Sr. to honor their father, his love for education and his dedication to WKU. Hardin Field McChesney Sr., a native...

Public Service Commission to hold natural gas safety events in five cities across Kentucky during October

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) is holding events across Kentucky next month to demonstrate how to avoid natural gas lines during excavation and the consequences of failing to do so. Contractors who do excavation, emergency responders, and natural gas system operators are encouraged to attend one of the five “mock line strike” events. Energy Technologies, LLC, or Enertech, will conduct...

Bowling Green East falls to Road Island bringing end to World Series run; Compliment out in first round

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today It was a tough day for Kentucky’s boys of summer on Little League’s grandest stage. Bowling Green East fell 6-1 to Rhode Island in an elimination game of the Little League World Series and Ashland’s Cash Compliment bowed out in the first round of the first-ever Little League Home Run Derby. Cash Compliment (Photo by Mark Maynard, Kentucky Today) Nevertheless, the...

Battle of the Bluegrass football rivalry renewed: EKU to meet WKU in 2024 at Houchens-Smith Stadium

The football version of the Battle of the Bluegrass will renew when Eastern Kentucky University travels to play at Western Kentucky University in 2024, the two schools announced Monday. The game will be played on Sept. 7, 2024, at Houchens-Smith Stadium in Bowling Green. The most recent meeting between Eastern Kentucky and Western Kentucky came on Sept. 2, 2017. Eastern held Western at bay for much...

TAZ trucking announces $7.3 million expansion to Bowling Green facility, to add 57 new jobs

TAZ Trucking Inc. has announced plans for a $7.3 million investment in it’s Bowling Green facility expected to create as many as 57 new jobs. “We are ready to grow with the Bowling Green community and increase our capacity to serve our current customers and new customers,” said Tahir Zukic, TAZ Trucking president. “We know this will assist in the access to transportation in South Central...

EKU football standout Aaron Patrick named preseason All-American by national publication

Eastern Kentucky University defensive lineman Aaron Patrick has earned a spot on the Phil Steele preseason All-America team, the publication announced Wednesday. Patrick, a redshirt senior, is listed by Steele as a first-team All-America selection. EKU’s Aaron Patrick ranked second in the OVC with 0.68 sacks per game last season. He finished with 53 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks and...

Ky. Division of Water, National Weather Service to co-host national drought forum in September at WKU

Scientists and policymakers from across the nation, including those from the Kentucky Division of Water, will gather at Western Kentucky University’s Knicely Conference Center in Bowling Green on September 17-19 to address topics and issues associated with drought. The biennial U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) forum will address administrative issues, incorporate the latest scientific advances in drought...

Google bringing economic opportunity initiative, ‘Grow With Google,’ to Erlanger, Bowling Green

Google is bringing its economic opportunity initiative, “Grow with Google,” to Kentucky in July with stops in Erlanger and Bowling Green. “Grow with Google” is hosting free, daylong workshops at libraries in Erlanger (July 17) and Bowling Green (July 19) to help local job seekers, small business owners, educators and entrepreneurs improve their digital skills. The July 17 session will take...